Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rev-Up Your Facials -- Caviar Extract Add-Ons

Caviar & Sea Minerals are Potent Ingredients for
Rejuvenating Aging Skin
Clients' interests are peaked by exotic ingredients and the promise of younger looking skin.  Offering clients a kicked-up version of a standard facial is a great way to keep them interested in repeat bookings.  I personally love an esthetician that is creative and ever expanding her product knowledge, they incorporate new ingredients that entice me to explore her different services.  It keeps me intrigued and confident in her ability to treat my skin in any situation or event, and that keeps me (and many others) as loyal clients. 

Caviar is prized for it's high density of amino acids,
structuring peptides,vitamins, minerals, proteins,
and essential fatty acids.
Caviar Extract Ampoules are a great infusion for facials because they provide immediate noticeable results and offer versatility with any skincare line or treatment protocol. These sterile dosages of pure active ingredients feature a unique fluid carrier that provides quick penetration into the skin. Ampoules contain no preservatives, colorants, or perfume additives. Ampoules are intended to be used in conjunction with freeze dried collagen masks, peel away marine masques, massage fleece masks, or under a favorite moisturizer.
Caviar Gives Clients a Beauty
Boost without Breaking
Their Budget



Because caviar has a concentrated density of peptides, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, clients see an immediate rejuvenation to the skin, almost an elegance if you will.  I certainly turn to any caviar treatments whenever I'm looking for that extra boost of beauty confidence (or I'm just feeling old).  I also read that Angelina Jolie requested a caviar mask before a movie premier... the stars have been enjoying the benefits of this ultra luxurious extract for many years.  For clients that are really looking for a fierce, radiant glow, 2 masks and ampoule treatments can be done one week before the "big event".

For more caviar products, ampoules, alginate maskes and collagen masks, search Caviar on PureSpa.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Synthetic Cosmetics Brushes Work Great & Are Cruelty Free

A Growing Number of Make-Up Clients
Request Synthetic Brushes
What many used to simply view as "just a make-up brush" is now being more closely scrutinized for what it actually is... animal fur.  Natural makeup brushes are an extension of the fur industry, and include the hair of  squirrels, goats, horses, minks, sables, badgers, mongooses or a combination of multiple animals. As with most other animal hair products, the way they are procured is a hot topic of controversy.  As a result of this growing consciousness, an increasing number of  cosmetics companies are offering an exceptional array of top-notch synthetic make-up brushes that deliver a a flawless application and a cruelty-free conscience.  I personally have made the migration over to synthetic cosmetic brushes and am truly pleased with their performance and longevity.  One my favorite features of synthetic brushes... I never have those nasty little stray hairs all over my face!  The fibers are ultra soft, they don't break off, and are easy to clean.

I love this Angled Kabuki Brush which is great for use with mineral cosmetics and the supple feel rivals even the softest natural bristle brush.  Synthetic brushes are also great for applying pressed and loose mineral powders, and loose mineral shadows which can sometimes be tricky for clients to apply.  I highly recommend synthetic hair for ultimate purity and peace of mind.

Check Out Pure Spa's Selection of Professional Synthetic Brushes

Facial Steamers: Cleaning, Maintenance, and Pro Tips!

As a spa owner, what is one of your most important pieces of equipment? Your facial steamer. You can't perform your luxurious services without one! So...how do you clean and maintain your steamer?

I receive numerous inquires about how to clean a facial steamer every month from clients. I have so many clients who own facial steamers, but none of them seem to know how to clean or maintain it!

If you think about it, we are begging a steamer to malfunction, simply by using it. This is a piece of electrical equipment that we continually, day in and day out, run boiling water and steam through. Following the below steps will help keep your steamer clean and running smoothly for your clients to enjoy!

Steamer Cleaning Instructions:
    Daily
  • Empty jar and let dry
  • Clean rubber seal around rim
  • Use fresh distilled water for each client
  • Before your first client, turn steamer on to warm up. This will save valuable time once you begin your first appointment!
  • Disinfect the body of your steamer daily - paying close attention to the parts you touch most often (controls, steamer arm, etc.)!
    Monthly Cleaning to Demineralize Steamer
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the glass jar, and fill with distilled water. If there is noticeable mineral build-up, you may increase the amount of vinegar used.
  2. Turn on the steamer. Allow to heat to steaming temperature.
    **IMPORTANT: DO NOT TURN ON OZONE OR ANY OTHER STEAMER COMPONENT!***
  3. Let steamer steam for 3-5 minutes, then turn off. Let steamer rest for about 30 minutes, until jar is cool to the touch.
  4. Wipe down the heating element and exposed metal surfaces with a clean cloth, removing mineral deposits and build-ups.
  5. Empty jar and refill with clean distilled water. Steam again for 3-5 minutes, turn off, and allow steamer to rest again for about 30 minutes.
  6. Repeat step 4, checking to see if the vinegar smell has dissipated. If it has not, continue repeating step 4 until you no longer smell vinegar.
    Important Pro Tips:
  • Unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer, always use distilled water in your steamer. This will minimize mineral buildup and prolong the life of the steamer.
  • Do not leave water in steamer overnight. Always empty and dry jar at the end of the day.
  • Never put essential oils or herbs directly in the steamer water. This can cause spitting and possible steamer malfunction.
  • Never leave vinegar solution in jar longer than 1 hour - doing so can corrode heating coils.
  • Remember, vinegar has quite the pungent smell - we recommend performing this cleaning process after hours when there are no clients in your spa. In addition, you might want to avoid running the vinegar solution through your steamer in your treatment room - a utility room or other space clients do not visit might be best.

Cold Feet? Pedi-Sox to the Rescue!

Pedicures are one of life's little indulgences, but sometimes a pedicure is not as good as it should be. Turn every ordinary pedicure into an extraordinary pedicure, with PEDI SOX! Finally, your freshly pedicure feet will stay clean and comfy and your skin will be softer and smoother. If a client comes in for a pedicure service, but does not have the proper footwear, what do you do? Usually you will offer them some sort of disposable foot wear at no cost that will most likely be flimsy, uncomfortable and definitely way too big!!! Instead of wasting your money by giving clients something for free that they will throw away the first chance they get, how about giving them the option to purchase these adorable PEDI SOX. You can finally offer your clients footwear that truly are "one size fits all", without purchasing a variety of sizes or a bulk order which end up fitting almost no one.

PEDI SOX are the one-of-kind toeless socks that will answer all your pedicure problems! These comfy socks provide hassle- and smudge-free pedicures for your clients all year round. These adorable socks allow your clients feet to dry flawlessly, while being kept clean, warm and cozy. They also give your client the option to either walk out the door in sox alone, or slip into sandals. PEDI SOX are the fun pedicure product that clients will re-use at home and bring back to the salon for their next pedicure!

Compressed or Not Compressed... That is the Question (when it comes to sponges!)

Why choose compressed sponges over non-compressed sponges or vice versa? It is all a matter of preference, but we have found MOST estheticians prefer compressed (they outsell 9 to 1).

I like them for the same reason kids like compressed sponges... it is super cool when you put them in water and they expand! But estheticians typically prefer them for a more practical reason... storage space. Compressed sponges take up about 1/8 the storage space of non-compressed sponges. A 100 pack of compressed sponges easily fits in a trolley drawer.

Why waste storage space? Try compressed sponges today! The cost is about the same, they are fun to watch expand, they use 1/8 the storage space, and they function exactly the same as non-compressed sponges!

We do have dozens of different choices (colors, count, etc.), but these are our most popular: